The Bronx, New York, May 23, 2022 – The Universal Hip Hop Museum will celebrate the first anniversary of its groundbreaking ceremony with a traditional “Topping Off” event on Wednesday, May 25th from 11am to noon at Mill Pond Park located at Exterior St & East 150th St. in the Bronx.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum has been designated by the New York City Council as the cultural anchor of Bronx Point; the sprawling new 56,000 square foot waterfront development project located in the South Bronx is celebrating its completion!

New York City & State officials including UHHM’s Rocky Bucano, Founder & Executive Director will make remarks. Officials and executives in attendance, Josue Sanchez, Senior Director, L&M Development Partners, Annie Tirschwell, Partner, Type A Projects, Ruben Diaz Jr., former Bronx BP, UHHM Board Member, Vanessa L. Gibson, Bronx Borough President, LaToya Joyner, Assembly Member 77th Dist., Hip Hop legend Kurtis Blow, Tom Silverman, Founding Director of the UHHM,  Diana Ayala, Deputy Speaker of NYC Council, Adolfo Carrion Jr., Housing Preservation Development Commissioner,  Andrew Kimball – NYC Economic Development Corp. President and Sophia Zayas, Deputy Director for Latino Affairs/Governor’s Bronx Regional Representative, will also join the celebration of the construction of the UHHM’s permanent new home located at Bronx Point.

As the anchor of Bronx Point, the museum is a significant part of the permanently affordable housing, mixed use project. In 2020, the project garnered an award for Excellence in Public Design by the New York City Public Design Commission. As the borough enters an era of unprecedented revitalization and economic development, the Universal Hip Hop Museum will serve as a “living document” that will chronicle the rise of the culture and ensure its preservation.

The unifying force of Hip Hop culture is reflected in its global rise from the streets of the South Bronx to the world. Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in 2023, Hip Hop culture’s influence is ubiquitous in art, music, fashion, film, marketing and entertainment today. Transcending language, age, race, geographic, and socio-economic barriers, “the 5 Elements,” of Hip Hop are universally accepted today as canon by millions worldwide. As the future home of Hip Hop culture, the Universal Hip Hop Museum is poised to become a global tourism destination in the birthplace of the culture, the South Bronx, New York City.

“The permanent home of “The Official Record of Hip Hop,” the Universal Hip Hop Museum at Bronx Point is a dream come true. The continuous support of local city and state officials is proof that Hip Hop culture is a Bronx born, cultural resource embraced by millions worldwide. It’s the passion for Hip Hop culture that we share with the world, that makes this joint effort exciting for the Bronx, NYC and the world,” said Founder and Executive Director Rocky Bucano.

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Anchored in the birthplace of Hip Hop culture, the Universal Hip Hop Museum will break ground in the Bronx in 2021. Built as a space for audiences, artists, and technology to converge and create unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences, the museum is slated to open in Bronx Point in 2024.  The UHHM will celebrate and preserve the history of local and global Hip Hop music and culture past, present, and future. 

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